Void based radioactive resource that decays every day it is out of the Void.

—In-Game Description

Argon Crystals are a rare resource that drops in the Orokin Void tileset and from certain Assassination targets. Unlike other resources, they decay after a period of time. After this period the resources will disappear from the user's inventory and must be re-acquired if needed. 

The timer points towards Midnight UTC/GMT+0 time indefinitely.

Gathering TipsEdit

These are based on trial and error and may not be 100% true. These should be viewed as advice for finding the materials until better facts are proven.

  • Argon Crystals can be found in Argon Pegmatite deposits. They can also drop from containers and lockers.
  • Bringing a Smeeta Kavat with Charm into Void maps has a chance at giving you one or multiple Argon Crystals when it triggers.
  • Bringing a Nekros with Desecrate can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing a Hydroid with the Pilfering Swarm augmentation can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing an Ivara with Prowl can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Combining this with a Nekros with Desecrate and using slash weapons to dismember the bodies (Desecrate counts each severed part as a separate entity) will give you a high chance for drops.
  • A typical squad composition is a Speed Nova, a Pilfering Swarm Hydroid, a Desecrate Nekros and Energy Vampire Trinity on Taranis, a Void Defense, can yield several Argon crystals per run.
  • The Jordas Golem on Eris is a good place to find Argon as well. Just break the containers in and around the boss area.
  • The Weekly Ayatan Sculpture Mission from Maroo's Bazaar is a good place to find Argon Crystals but only if it is a Void map, and not a Derelict map.
  • Exterminate missions are best for solo runs, which make it easier to take time and loot every locker and container on the map, as the drop chance from lockers and containers is higher than from enemies.
  • Bringing a Warframe such as Ember, Nova, or any other with an AOE damage skill will allow you to break containers behind closed/locked walls and triggered container capsules found in some void tiles. Vacuum will also collect those resources through walls.
  • Void Defense missions may average one crystal every 5 rounds.


  • Corrupted Vor will always drop either an Orokin Cell or an Argon Crystal. Chances seem to be equal for both.
  • Currently, Argon Crystals are not available for purchase in the Market.
  • "A full 24 hours from when you acquire it and then when GMT 00:00 hits is when it’s considered in its decaying period." [1]
  • Unlike other resources, Argon Crystals cannot be refunded if fabrication on an item is cancelled.
  • Having the count down started on one Argon Crystal, then obtaining another does not reset the count down.
  • Each Argon Crystal in a Tenno's inventory is either stable or decaying at any given time; beyond this, the age of a single crystal does not matter. Each day at GMT 00:00, two things happen: first, the quantity of decaying Argon Crystals is cut in half and rounded down; second, all stable Argon Crystals shift to the decaying state. For example:
    • 11 crystals are collected on Day 1. They are all stable.
    • GMT 00:00 hits, and now all 11 crystals are decaying, but the quantity remains unchanged.
    • 12 crystals are collected on Day 2. The Tenno now has 23 crystals total.
    • GMT 00:00 hits. The 11 decaying crystals decay to 5, and the 12 additional crystals are now decaying. The Tenno now has 17 crystals.
    • GMT 00:00 hits again without the attainment of any further crystals. All 17 crystals decay to 8.

Blueprints Requiring Argon CrystalsEdit

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Argon Crystals.
Blueprints Type Quantity (Research) Acquisition
Akzani Secondary 2 Market
Amprex Primary 3 Energy Lab
Angstrum Secondary 2 Market
Arca Titron Melee 2 Market
Atlas Chassis Component 2 Quest
Atomos Secondary 2 Market
Atterax Melee 2 Market
Banshee Prime Systems Component 2 Relic
Chroma Systems Component 2 Quest
Corvas Arch-Gun 2 Market
Cosmic Specter Regiment Support (1) Orokin Lab
Destreza Melee 2 Market
Diriga Sentinel 2 Market
Dragon Nikana Melee 1 Market
Endura Melee 2 Tenno Lab
Exilus Adapter Enhancement 1 Cephalon Simaris
Fluctus Arch-Gun 2 Tenno Lab
Gammacor Secondary 2 Market
Gazal Machete Melee 2 Tenno Lab
Greater Focus Lens Focus 1 Market
Halikar Melee 2 Market
Harpak Primary 2 Market
Hidden Messages Quest 1 Quest
Hydroid Chassis Component 2 Mission
Hydroid Ketos Helmet Cosmetic 1 Alert
Hydroid Neuroptics Component 2 Mission
Hydroid Prime Chassis Component 2 Relic
Ignis Wraith Primary 3 Chem Lab
Inaros Systems Component 2 Quest
Incubator Power Core Component 1 Market
Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1 Tenno Lab
Ivara Neuroptics Component 2 Mission
Ivara Systems Component 1 Mission
Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1 Tenno Lab
Karyst Melee 1 Market
Knell Secondary 2 Market
Kohm Primary 2 Market
Kronen Melee 2 Market
Landing Craft Foundry Segment Orbiter Segment 1 Tenno Lab
Limbo Chassis Component 1 Quest
Loki Enigma Helmet Cosmetic 1 Alert
Mantis Engines Component 3 Rare Storage Containers
Mesa Systems Component 1 Quest
Mirage Blueprint Component 1 Market
Mirage Prime Systems Component 2 Relic
Nami Solo Melee 2 Market
Nekros Prime Chassis Component 2 Relic
Nezha Chassis Component 1 Tenno Lab
Nezha Neuroptics Component 1 Tenno Lab
Nikana Melee 3(1) Tenno Lab
Ninkondi Melee 2 Market
Nova Slipstream Helmet Cosmetic 1 Alert
Oberon Prime Systems Component 2 Relic
Ohma Melee 2 Market
Pandero Secondary 2 Market
Phase Specter Regiment Support (1) Orokin Lab
Potent Pherliac Pods Gear 3 Quest
Redeemer Melee 2 Market
Rubico Primary 2 Market
Scimitar Engines Component 3 Stalker
Simulor Primary 1 Cephalon Simaris
Sonicor Secondary 2 Market
Stradavar Primary 2 Market
Tonkor Primary 2 Market
Trinity Prime Chassis Component 2 Relic
Twin Rogga Secondary 2 Market
Valkyr Prime Chassis Component 2 Relic
Vauban Prime Chassis Component 2 Relic
Volnus Melee 2 Market
Wukong Systems Component 2 Tenno Lab
Xiphos Engines Component 3 Caches
Zephyr Prime Systems Component 2 Relic
Zhuge Primary 2 Market
Total 130(+3)
Research LeaderBadgeGhostHolo x1   LeaderBadgeShadowHolo x3   LeaderBadgeStormHolo x10   LeaderBadgeMountainHolo x30   LeaderBadgeMoonHolo x100

Last Updated: Update 22.7


  • Argon (symbol: Ar) is the 18th element in the periodic table. It is a noble gas whose most commonly occurring isotope, 36Ar, is stable and does not decay as the Argon Crystal does (though it has a number of unstable isotopes that do decay, none of their half-lives match up with the Argon Crystal's rate of decay).
    • While argon does sublimate at room temperature, sublimation doesn't follow the pattern of being repeatedly cut in half at regular intervals.
  • This is the first resource that has the ability to degrade over time.
  • Due to a DDoS Attack on Warframe's PC Servers on April 15, 2014, Argon Crystals didn't decay until servers stabilized – although their countdown remained active. This lasted until Hotfix 13.1.2 was launched, as the servers had fully recovered by that time. [2]
  • Previously, Argon Crystals would drop from Infestation Outbreaks (particularly from Phorid), and was considered a much more efficient way to collect them. This bug was removed (albeit undocumented in the patch notes) in Hotfix 14.7.4.




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